Gilbert's syndrome is a common disorder that affects the liver making it unable to process bilirubin.
It is, however, harmless to the liver. Bilirubin is generated by the destruction of the red blood cells in the liver.
It is also referred to as constitutional hepatic dysfunction and also nonhemolytic jaundice since one can be born with it as a result of inherited mutation.
Often, people may not know that they have the condition until when it is discovered by accident especially as a result of high levels of bilirubin levels. This disease does not need treatment.
The main symptoms of Gilbert's syndrome are:
yellowing of the skin
whites of eyes from excessive jaundice due to elevated levels of bilirubin in the blood.
Some of the conditions that promote the increase in bilirubin and jaundice in people suffering from Gilbert’s syndrome include illness as a result of cold or flu, fasting and eating low calorie diet, excessive dehydration, stress, strenuous exercise, lack of sleep.
It is recommended that one needs to see a doctor immediately it is discovered.
It is known that Gilbert's syndrome as a disease does not require any form of treatment.
The levels of bilirubin in the blood may, however, fluctuate over time, occasionally jaundice will also be detected and will always resolve on their own without anybody ill effects being noticed.
To prevent complications associated with Gilbert's Syndrome, it is important to follow a healthy lifestyle.
It is always important to plan on see your personal doctor who may refer you to a specialist.
A bit before getting for an appointment, it is essential to do some preparation for the interview. Write down a few of the questions that you may want to get some clarification from the medical doctor.
Some of the possible questions may include:
Are my levels of bilirubin significantly elevated?
Do is need to do frequent testing to check my levels of bilirubin?
Is the Gilbert’s syndrome responsible for the signs and symptoms?
Do the medications make the condition be worse?
Can it also make the complications of the liver severe?
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